Classic Macaroni & Cheese

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Ingredients Minutes Calories
Prep Cook Servings
5 min 25 min 6
Classic Macaroni & Cheese
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1 1/2 cup, shredded Cheddar cheese
4 tbsp Margarine
2 cup Partly skimmed milk, 2% M.F.
1 cup Pasta, macaroni, elbow, dry
1/2 cup grated Pecorino cheese
1 tsp Salt (or to taste)
1/4 cup All-purpose white flour


In a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk constantly until the mixture turns light brown in colour, about 3 minutes. 

While whisking constantly, slowly add the milk to the flour mixture until evenly combined and smooth. Increase heat to medium-high and whisk until mixture thickens.

Stir in 2 teaspoons of the salt, taste, and season with additional salt if desired. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until it’s almost al dente (just on the edge of being underdone), then drain and rinse with cold water; set aside.

Place the reserved saucepan of béchamel over medium heat and stir in both cheeses just until melted and smooth. Add the pasta and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is heated through and steaming, about 2 to 4 minutes. Serve immediately. 

Nutrition Facts

Per Portion

Calories 405
Calories from fat 219
Calories from saturated fat 102
Total Fat 24.3 g
Saturated Fat 11.3 g
Trans Fat 0.7 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.8 g
Monounsaturated Fat 6.6 g
Cholesterol 58 mg
Sodium 928 mg
Potassium 230 mg
Total Carbohydrate 26.9 g
Dietary Fiber 0.9 g
Sugars 5.1 g
Protein 20.0 g

Dietary servings

Per Portion

Grain 0.9
Milk 0.3
Milk Alternative 1.0

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